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October favourites featuring MAC, Nars, Lancome, GLAMGLOW, Calvin Klein & Sali Hughes!

So it is favourites time again & this month I have more make-up than skin care products to share with you & 2 non-beauty favourites too.

I'll start with make-up. I have been absolutely loving Lancome's Grandiose mascara this month. I love how you can reach every single lash with the wand & it really adds drama & volume, which is what I really want from a mascara.

REVIEW: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Eye Masks Vs Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle-Resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

I am having a pretty tough time health-wise at the moment & am eager to try anything to help banish my dark circles & bags under my eyes. I have previously posted about an eye cream that I find is really helping, but for that extra bit of assistance, I have also been using some eye masks & thought I would share my thoughts on them with you today.

Empties & speedy reviews #4 featuring Eve Lom, Oskia, Kerastase, This Works, Roger & Gallet & more!

So it's empties time again! I seem to be really working my way through lots of products at the moment, making space for new additions to my beauty shelves. I have a variety of products to share with you today from body care, skin care to make-up & some miscellaneous.

REVIEW: Label.m Protein Spray and Blow Out Spray

Label.m is a brand that I am new to, but I bought 2 products from their range a few months ago & thought I would review them for you today. I bought the Protein Spray  and a mini bottle of the Blow Out Spray.

The Protein Spray is designed to protect the hair from UV damage and heat damage and it is sprayed on to damp or dry hair before using any heated appliances. It also claims to even out porosity, which made me want to try it even more because my hair is damaged from years to dying, tonging, straightening etc and also from general ill-health & medication.

Recent purchases #10 featuring TIGI & Nars

I have a mini haul to share with you today! Three of the items were necessary purchases & the other one was more of a want than a need! I will start with hair care. I needed a new hair spray & at the moment am enjoying using TIGI products so I bought the Hard Head hairspray as I had heard great things about it and at £9.31 for 400ml, I thought it was a pretty good buy. I also bought another product from TIGI: the Bed Head Superstar Blow Dry Lotion. This is designed to be used with the Queen for a day thickening spray in order to achieve maximum volume. I will definitely report back on how this works.

REVIEW: Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Fall Eye Shadow Palette

I am self-confessed palette addict. I own more than is necessary, but there are some shadows in each one that I adore, however today's palette is different in that I love every shadow in the palette & use them all! It is from Cargo Cosmetics & is their Vintage Escape Eyeshadow Palette. 

It contains 12 shadows: a mixture of matte & shimmer. They are all warm toned & are so buttery soft and easy to blend. They are very pigmented so I only need to barely dab my brush in the shadow to achieve the colour. My favourite combination is crisp and withered leaves, with a little black crow smudged along the lash line. Cinnamon and rustic work beautifully together too. There are so many combinations that can be used for both day and night time looks.

Like big, voluminous hair? Try this: TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a day thickening spray

Like a lot of ladies, I like some volume in my hair and am on the endless pursuit to find the ultimate volume inducing product (that doesn't break the bank!). I decided to give Tigi Bed Head Superstar Queen for a day Thickening Spray a whirl because at £11.86 for 300ml it is not too expensive. (I also like the name!)

REVIEW: Lancome Grandiose Mascara

I am a huge mascara fan and have previously reviewed a number of mascaras here, here and here. YSL's faux cils is my holy grail mascara, but I think there is no harm in checking others out just in case there is a better product on the market. Also, the packaging is just so pretty!

REVIEW: Kerastase Discipline Range

I am a big fan of Kerastase shampoos & conditioners & have tried & loved products from a number of their ranges: Elixir Ultime, Oleo Relax, Cristalliste, Nutritive and Resistance (my favourite range). When their new Disclipine was launched, I knew that I would inevitably have to try it. It is designed for unruly hair. Whilst my hair is not particularly unruly, anything that will add moisture and reduce frizziness is right up my street.

REVIEW: Real Techniques Nic's Picks Collection

I've loved Real Techniques brushes for a long time - their Expert Face Brush is my all time favourite foundation brush. I'm a big fan of the lovely ladies from Pixiwoo & I think their tutorials are fantastic. Theirs was the first channel that I subscribed to on youtube and it has been amazing to see them go from strength to strength. The majority of my brushes are from Real Techniques - they are brilliant quality at a really affordable price.

The Perfect Palette Tag

I've seen this tag float around on youtube so thought I'd do it today because I am a big palette fan!

Question 1: Best Packaging: 
This has to go to my Charlotte Tilbury quad - I just adore the burgundy & gold packaging & think it is very luxe & sophisticated.

Question 2: Best Colour Payoff:
This was a tough one because I think that most of my palettes have good colour payoff, but I eventually settled on the Clarins Essentials Palette. I can definitely rely on these shadows to last as long as I need them to & also they are so pigmented that I don't need to use too much of the product to achieve the colour I want.

REVIEW: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

I recently finished a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic and thought I would change it up & try the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant because it was in the Look Fantastic sale and I also had an Aveda facial last year where the therapist used this & it had been on my mind since then. It is a chemical exfoliator, which I apply with a cotton pad at night after cleansing. It gently exfoliates, yet is very effective at brightening my skin by removing dead skin cells. It is extremely gentle on my sensitive skin and I have not had any redness or adverse reaction to it at all. I follow it up with my beloved Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist, serum & moisturiser.

REVIEW: bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

When I saw Jaclyn Hill using this foundation in a tutorial a few months ago, I knew I had to have it. The video was called "How to look fresh & awake when you're exhausted" - it was right up my street! I'm back on treatment for my illness now & I look and feel permanently exhausted so anything that will help to make me look (& therefore feel) a bit better is worth splashing the cash on! Fortunately, this foundation isn't over expensive. At £22.88, it is mid range and certainly a lot cheaper than my other recent foundation purchase -  YSL Fusion Ink. I also bought the Perfecting Face Brush, which at first I thought was a bit indulgent, given that I have plenty of buffing brushes but I am glad I bought it because it works perfectly with this foundation.

Currently loving theBalm products!

theBalm is a brand that I've only become aware of in the last few months, but the more products I try, the more I love! I adore the retro packaging of the products & that they are all really compact. It is also a very affordable brand with blushes & bronzers starting at £13.50, yet the quality is as good as high end brands.
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